To be incredibly honest, I went to my favourite coffee shop yesterday with the intention of writing today’s blog post. I sat down in a cozy window seat ,with a tasty scone and a journal – and I planned out almost 3 months worth of post ideas. I even complied a list of inspiring friends to ask to guest write about topics that they are passionate about. But I didn’t get a single idea for today.
I procrastinated until my drink was done and left without this post even started. So last night, as I sat at my kitchen table after dinner, racking my brain for what to write about the song XO (John Mayer cover – an important detail, of course) came on my Spotify shuffle and I heard the opening lines “Your love is bright as ever // Even in the shadows” and I knew what to write…
Your Love Still Works
In addition to visiting my favourite coffee shop, I also went to the dentist yesterday – it was a super eventful Tuesday. As I was sitting in the chair talking to the dental hygienist I looked down at my little white Ked shoes and noticed how dirty they have gotten recently. They need to go in the wash or get replaced or something, but for now they still work. They get me where were I need to go and prevent me from going outside barefoot (most of the time). They get the job done, and this realization reminded me of a blog post I read on TWLOHA’s website earlier this year based on this tweet by their founder Jamie Tworkowski:
I love this idea. I love this phrase. And as we enter a season that celebrates love and light and joy and peace, while navigating a world that can be full of hurt and sorrow and disappointment, I think it’s good to keep in mind. My Ked’s might not be the same as they were when they first came out of the box, but they have character, and they still work perfectly fine.
This year has been full of personal, local and global hurtles for just about everyone I know – but our love still works. Despite things we have faced this year, we can choose to be still be loving. We can still extend kindness to our neighbours, we can still be gracious and understanding to people who have hurt us, we can still be inclusive and open and soft to the world.
Be Kind To One Another
The talk show host Ellen Degeneres always ends her show by reminding her audience to “be kind to one another” and I want to do the same thing with this post. I know the holidays can quickly turn into a holi-daze of running around town trying to get through our shopping lists and prepare for gatherings.
How many Christmas movies show people fighting over the last action figure for their kid or last honey ham at the grocery store to take home to their family? Sometimes we get so swept up in getting things ready for the holidays we forget to extend patience and understanding to the people around us. It can be a stressful time and that’s super understandable – but as we focus on these wonderful things lets get so dazed that we forget to be kind to one another.
Merry & Bright
As snow falls become imminent, and White Christmases (or which ever holiday you celebrate!) are nearing, many of us are entering this season excited for the chance to celebrate the holidays. However, it’s been a heavy year for many and maybe it’s hard to forget about realities that might be weighing on you. I’ll encourage you, in this season of love and peace and light, to remember that despite the struggles we’ve been through this year your love is bright as ever, and desperately needed in homes and communities wherever you are in the world.
I’ll close today with wise words from Mother Teresa; “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family”.
From me to you, Happy Wednesday!
P.S. An exciting note about this post is that the organization I mentioned above, To Write Love On Her Arm’s (TWLOHA), is an incredible non-profit organization in Florida that works to present hope to people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide – and next month I get to move Florida to be a part of their internship program until April!
Their work has been a huge inspiration to me, they believe : “You were created to love and be loved. People need other people. Your story is important. Better days are ahead. Hope and help are real”. I’m thrilled to be working for an organization that is an internationally recognized leader in suicide prevention and a source of hope, encouragement, and support for people worldwide.
If you’re at all interested in supporting this (unpaid) internship experience you can find more info here: https://www.gofundme.com/kaitlyns-twloha-internship